Learner's definition of POINT
1 a [count] : an idea that you try to make other people accept or understand
b [count] : a particular detail of an idea or argument c the point : the main or most important idea of something that is said or written
She showed us several graphs to illustrate the point she was making.
I see your point, but I don't think everyone will agree.
There's no use in arguing the point.
He made a very good point about the need for change.
Let me make one final point.
That's the point I've been trying to make.
“What's your point?” “Actually, I have two points.”
My point is simply that we must do something to help the homeless.
That's my point exactly.
Maybe there's a better way to get your point across. [=to make people understand what you are saying]
He's willing to do almost anything to prove a point. [=to show that he is right about something]
If you want to stretch a point [=exaggerate slightly], you could say that he is handsome.
“If we leave now, we won't make it back in time.” “That's a good point.”
“You have to help them.” “Point taken. [=I understand what you are saying] I'll do what I can.”
I don't want to labor/belabor the point [=repeat myself too many times], but I think I should mention again that we are running out of time.
It took several paragraphs for her to come/get to the point of her argument.
If you drive while drunk, you could lose your license, but even more to the point [=more importantly], you could kill someone.
— see also to the point (below)
2 : a reason for doing something
[singular]— often + of— often + in
3 [count] : an individual detail or part of something
The only point at issue is when the meeting should be held.
Carefully consider each point in the witness's testimony.
We debated the fine/finer points of the law.
The main point of contention [=the main thing that people are arguing over] is who owns the rights to the land.
4 [count] : a particular position, location, or place
We met at a point halfway between the two cities.
The sun reaches its highest point in the sky at noon.
the country's northernmost point
distant points in the solar system
Change trains here for all points south.
The break occurred at a weak point in the bone.
She showed us the old capital building and other points of interest.
Ellis Island in Manhattan was the point of entry of many American immigrants. [=the place where many immigrants entered the U.S.]
The package's point of origin [=the place from where the package was sent] was somewhere in the U.S.
5 [count] : a particular time or a particular stage in the development of something— usually singular
At no point (in time) did the defendant ask for a lawyer.
By this point in the conversation, I was beginning to lose my patience.
I imagine the change will take place at some point in the next year or so.
We are approaching the cutoff point of the negotiations.
At that time, she enjoyed more success than at any other point in her career.
That was the high/low point of her career.
At this point in my life, I can't afford to take any risks. = I'm at a point in my life where I can't afford to take any risks.
It got to the point where we could no longer ignore his behavior.
The game had gone past the point of being fun. [=the game had stopped being fun]
We walked all day and were beyond the point of exhaustion.
The temperature will rise to 33 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point the ice will begin to melt.
It's the natural starting point for a discussion on how to help the homeless.
There comes a point in a man's life when he has to think seriously about his future.
From that point on [=beginning at that time], I took my studies more seriously.
From this point on, any further changes must be approved by your supervisor.
Up to that point it had been a successful meeting.
The animals were hunted to the point of extinction. [=the animals were hunted until they were extinct]
She was at the point of leaving [=she was just about to leave] when he asked her to dance.
The police are on the point of solving the case. [=the police have almost solved the case]
6 a : a unit of measurement
b : a unit that is used to score a game or contest
Her blood pressure had risen 16 points since her last checkup.
Support for the President dropped three points [=percent] after the incident.
She is currently 10 points behind the leading candidate in the polls.
Interest rates have risen about two percentage points. [=interest rates rose about two percent]
We won (the game) by three points.
They scored 13 points in the first quarter.
She has to win this point in order to win the match.
She lost a point for falling off the balance beam.
A touchdown is worth six points.
He beat his opponent on points. [=by winning more points than his opponent]
7 points [plural], informal : praise, credit, or approval for doing something good or helpful
She washed the car in order to score points [=brownie points] with her father.
He's not too smart, but he gets points for effort. [=he should be given credit for the effort he makes]
8 [count] : the usually sharp end of something (such as a sword, needle, or pencil)
the sharp point [=tip] of the needle
She sharpened the pencil down to a point.
The alligator's tail tapers to a point.
10 [count] — used especially in speech to say a number that includes a decimal point
The number 9.5 is read aloud as “nine point five.”
He had a temperature of one hundred and four point two. [=104.2]
You're listening to ninety-three point nine [=93.9] FM.
11 [count] : any one of the 32 marks on a compass that are used for showing directions
The point SSW is between the points S and SW.
The cardinal points [=the four main directions] are North, South, East, and West.
12 [count] : a piece of land that sticks out into a lake, ocean, etc.— sometimes used in names 14 [count] : a unit that measures the size of letters typed on a computer or printed in a published work
in point offormal
: when considering (a particular quality): with regard to (something)
The two painters differ greatly in point of skill. [=the level of their skill is very different]
Some people think that all fat is unhealthy to eat when, in point of fact [=in truth, in actuality], some types of fat are good for you.
make a point
◊ If you make a point of doing something or make it a point to do something, you give your attention to it so that you are sure that it happens.
not to put too fine a point on it
: relating very well to the subject that is being discussed: accurate and appropriate
to the point
: relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed
— see also 1point 1c (above)
up to a point
— used to indicate that a statement is partly but not completely true
points; pointed; pointing
points; pointed; pointing
Learner's definition of POINT
1 : to show someone where to look by moving your finger or an object held in your hand in a particular direction
— often + at
“It's not polite to point,” she said.
When I asked the child where his mother was, he pointed in the direction of the house.
Pointing with his cane, the old man asked, “Whose dog is that?”
— often + to— often + toward
It's not polite to point at people.
All the kids were pointing and laughing at me.
She pointed at the map on the wall.
“It's time to leave,” he said pointing at his watch.
2 [+ object] : to cause the front or tip of (something) to be turned toward someone or something— often + at 3 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to have the end or tip extended, aimed, or turned in a specified direction
We can leave when the minute hand points to 12.
Stand with your arms at your sides and your hands pointing downward.
The ship was pointing into the wind.
4 computers : to use a mouse or other device to move the pointer on a computer screen to a particular object or place
5 [+ object] : to show (someone) which direction to travel in order to reach a particular place: to direct (someone) toward something
She pointed him to the school's library.
Could you point me in the direction of the train station?
If you just point me in the general direction, I think I can find it.
6 [+ object] : to give a sharp end to (something) 7 [+ object] : to repair (a wall, chimney, etc.) by putting new cement or other material between the bricks or stones
point an accusing finger at, point a/the finger at
point out[phrasal verb]
1 point out (someone or something) or point (someone or something) out : to direct someone's attention to (someone or something) by pointing
He pointed his girlfriend out in the crowd.
Could you point out the restrooms, please.
We asked her to point out (to us) her country on the map.
He pointed out the houses of famous people as we drove by.
He pointed out the way to the restrooms.
2 point out (something) or point (something) out : to talk about or mention (something that you think is important)
Let me point out [=mention] a few things before we switch topics.
He was quick to point our mistake out.
He pointed out the benefits/importance of daily exercise.
As she likes to point out, she distrusted him from the beginning.
I would like to point out that no one is perfect.
He pointed out that there are several advantages to owning your own home.
point the way
: to show the way to go in order to get somewhere— often used figuratively
We led good lives, and we must thank our parents for pointing the way.
Their work pointed the way for future scientific research.
point to[phrasal verb]
point to (something)
: to mention or refer to (something) as a way of supporting an argument or claim
point to/toward[phrasal verb]
point to/toward (someone or something)
: to show that something is true or probably true
All the evidence points to him as the murderer. [=all the evidence indicates that he is the murderer]
Her symptoms point to diabetes. [=her symptoms suggest that she has diabetes]
Everything points to a bright future for their company.
The results from these tests point toward a different conclusion.
point up[phrasal verb]
point up (something)formal or point (something) up
: to bring attention to (something): to highlight or emphasize (something)
point your toes
: to bend your foot down so that the top of it and the front of your leg form a straight line